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Pentagon denies Bowser request for National Guard to assist in ‘humanitarian crisis,’ as migrants arrive in DC

Members of the DC National Guard walk around the U.S. Capitol grounds. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

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The Department of Defense on Friday denied Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser’s request for 150 National Guard troops amid, what she called, a “humanitarian crisis,” as an influx of migrants arrived in the nation’s capital.

Bowser, last week, requested that the D.C. National Guard help with the thousands of migrants arriving to Union Station in Washington D.C., and requested that the D.C. Armory be used as a processing center.

A senior defense official told Fox News Friday that Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin “has declined to approve the DCHSEMA request for DCNG to provide personnel and the DC Armory to assist the NGO, SAMU First Response, with transportation and reception of migrants arriving in the D.C. area.

“We have determined providing this support would negatively impact the readiness of the DCNG and have negative effects on the organization and members,” the official said. “We understand SAMU First Response has received grant funding through FEMA’s Emergency Food and Shelter Program, and has indicated that sufficient EFSP funds exist at this point to provide migrant assistance.”

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Members of the DC National Guard walk around the U.S. Capitol grounds. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Bowser has been sounding the alarm about thousands of illegal immigrants — some of whom have been bussed in from Texas — into the city, which she said is straining its social safety net.

“We are focused, and we continue to be very focused on having the federal government do its part and take the lead in what we see as a growing humanitarian crisis with people who are seeking asylum coming across the country to get to their final destinations,” Bowser said last week.

Bowser also said that D.C. had secured a $1 million grant to have FEMA set up a “respite center” for migrants hitting the capital.

The Department of Defense on Friday denied Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser’s request for 150 National Guard troops amid, what she called, a "humanitarian crisis," as an influx of migrants arrived in the nation’s capital.

The Department of Defense on Friday denied Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser’s request for 150 National Guard troops amid, what she called, a “humanitarian crisis,” as an influx of migrants arrived in the nation’s capital.
(AP Photo/Michael Probst)

“The number of people crossing the border seeking asylum, we expect only to go up, and we need to make sure there is a national response,” she said.

Reuters reported Thursday that the comments and her requests had caused tensions with the White House. Officials…

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